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Home  Worldwide  Bangladesh  June, 2006  Changed Govt …
Changed Govt Attitude Towards Khatme Nabuat

The Bangladesh Observer
Monday, June, 26, 2006Internet Edition  

Changed Govt Attitude Towards Khatme Nabuat

It was for the first time that the police went into action against the zealots of the Khatme Nabuat Movement (KNM), who went to lay siege to a Ahmadiya locality in the city’s Uttara area. The followers of the movement, who have become active during the alliance regime have long been carrying out such aggressive political programmes targetting the Ahmadiyas all over the country and yet were pampered, cannot accept the police action that left at least 15 injured. The sudden change in the police role may have surprised them because they had no idea that the political situation in the country has changed. They were pampered or maybe even encouraged to take forward their movement against the minority sect with the motive of distracting people from the more pressing issues. Now the nation is passing too critical a time to be distracted by the Khatme Nabuat. It can no longer serve the government purpose, rather the chance is that the government will have to face unpleasant questions from key players abroad.

However, the zealots are unlikely to appreciate the government dilemma. Earlier when the government succumbed to the Nabuat’s pressure for banning the Ahmadiya publications, they thought the day was not far away when the minority sect will be declared non-Muslims and their property, including mosques, could be captured. So they are not taking the police action lying down. They decided to observe a 48-hour hartal programme at Tongi, Uttara, Turag, Khilkhet and Airport thanas from yesterday in protest against the police action. The zealots have also declared that they would hoist a signboard on the Ahmadiya mosque at Nandapara, Uttara warning the Muslim devotees that it was sacrilege to pray in that mosque. This they are accustomed to doing for a long time and the police were at hand to help them in this task. This time, things are likely to be different as reports have it that the government is determined to mobilise a huge contingent of police to frustrate the Nabuat activists.

Whatever reason may have prompted the government to change its heart, we welcome the move. In democratic societies, people of all faiths including the agnostics and the atheists have the right to go by their beliefs. Whether the Ahmadiyas are less Muslims is not for any mortal to decide. It is who will deliver the ultimate judgment. So no one has the right to take up the job reserved specially for the Almighty Allah. If the Ahmadiyas are declared non-Muslims, how does it benefit people who are so-called religious people because they pray five times but tell lies and grab other people’s property or do things that the Holy Book has asked them not to do? In the matter of religion, it is better to live and let others live.

Therefore it is essential that a democratic state should have no business to impose sanction on any faith even if it contradicts the majority’s. After all the Ahmadiyas are not trying to convert anyone, they are living a quiet life on the sideline. Those who are making an issue of their faith are not doing it for religious reason, they have other agendas. So it is necessary to make the message loud and clear that such heinous attempt would no more be tolerated.

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